Friday, February 20, 2009

Simple Survival Tools - Eyeglass Repair Kit




Prescription eye glasses are generally a very costly item. Most eyeglasses require a prescription and have to be made specifically for your own personal requirements. Safe-guarding your vision should be one of your priorities in being prepared if you require the use of eyeglasses to see properly. Eyeglass frames and their lenses do not come cheap and the ability to fix or repair them in an emergency or crisis will be critical. It is also a good practice to keep a spare set of eyeglasses as a back-up, as well as an eyeglasses repair kit.

If your eyeglasses happen to break, you may have to get your glasses repaired by a qualified technician or optometrist. However, in many cases you may only need minor repairs to your eyeglasses. Many of these minor repairs can be done simply and cheaply until more adequate repairs are available.

Here are some simple repairs that you can do with an eyeglass repair kit:

1.) If the hinge in your frame has loosened or stretched, you can use a small rubber ring, which is included in most eyeglass repair kits, to hold the loose hinge in place.

2.) If the metal hinge breaks off from the frame, you can repair your eyeglasses with a little fast-holding glue, such as super glue, until more permanent repairs can be obtained. You can even use a small piece of duct tape as a more temporary repair.

3.) Loose screws can also cause you problems with your eyeglass frame. Loose screws can simply be re-tightened with a small screwdriver that usually comes with an eyeglass repair kit.

4.) If you have lost a hinge screw, you can simply use a replacement screw from your eyeglass repair kit. If a replacement screw is missing or doesn’t fit, use a tiny safety pin. Push the pin through the hole for the screw and then close or fasten it. You can also use a small piece of wire as a temporary repair. Although these are temporary repairs, they should be satisfactory enough to allow you to continue using your eyeglasses until a better repair can be made.

Eyeglasses repair kits can be easily found in most department store, pharmacies, and optometrists offices. They are a cheap and inexpensive item that could be critical to your survival in a crisis or disaster situation if you need to wear corrective lenses in order to see properly.

They also make a great barter item!

Got corrective lenses? Get a repair kit!

Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker

16 comments:

HermitJim said...

Been working toward making sure that I can see with a new prescription and two new pair...and of course, the repair kit.

Thanks for the reminder!

riverwalker said...

To: HermitJim

My eyesight isn't getting any better and I ain't going to far if I can't see. Glad to "SEE" you're ahead of the game! Thanks.

RW

Bitmap said...

The last repair kit I bought didn't have the little screws in it to replace the nose pieces, so make sure you get one that has everything in it.

Here is a place where you can buy several pairs of glasses for really low prices:
http://zennioptical.com/cart/home.php

Get a number of pairs and get hard cases to store them in so they aren't easily crushed. Then stick one in each of your vehicles, one in your workplace, maybe leave some at the homes of close friends or relatives as well as some at home.

The same thing should apply to contact lenses. Have an extra supply along with the various solutions you need to make them work.

riverwalker said...

To: Bitmap

Great ideas! Making sure you get a "complete" repair kit is a definite must. Thanks for the link.

RW

BTW, Got the idea for this post from one of your pics. Those were great pics! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Excellent post - I wear eyeglasses and have one pair of spares (would like at least one more - my prescription hasn't changed much in a bit over 10 years) and have at least 4 or five kits. For $2 a piece, its hard to justify NOT having them - its your eyesight man!

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 12:47

Hard to get anything done when you can't see what you're doing. It's an often overlooked item. Thanks.

RW

Ken said...

...good call,the Mrs and two of three children use vision corrective eye wear(contacts,with spectacles as back up)...we have fifty of those little kits,all around the house,now a many of them will end up in the preps...

riverwalker said...

To: Ken

Having the option to be able to wear contacts is good and having a backup set of specs even better. Due to an old eye injury, contacts are not an option for me. Thanks Ken!

RW

irishdutchuncle said...

as usual, great advice. i'll put it in the same BOB pouch as my sewing kit. i also carry a small magnifying glass with me, because i keep putting off getting the bi-focals i really need.

if you wear wire frames, a little clear RTV silicone around the edge of the lenses may help keep them from falling out.

riverwalker said...

To: irishdutchuncle

Great tip on the silicone for a temporary patch to hpld lenses in your frames! Thanks Irish!

RW

BTW, my Grandpa on my father's side of the family was "Mc" and could fix anything he set his mind too!

irishdutchuncle said...

my dad is the same way, can and does fix anything. i'd like to be half the man he is. one thing about the silicone, if you take the glasses to an optician after using it, give him a "heads-up" so he doesn't get too frustrated trying to get them apart.

riverwalker said...

To: irishdutchuncle

Silicone can be pretty tough once it sets up. Thanks for the heads up!

RW

Eyeglasses said...

Great post thanks for sharing with us.

riverwalker said...

Thanks everyone for your comments!

RW

w1z said...

Newer reading glasses available at most department stores have four or more studs with these tiny 3mm hex nut. The nut, through normal wearing, works itself off, then the glasses are no good.
I have not seen any kits with a socket driver this small. Nor can I find a driver set! w1znick@gmail.com

riverwalker said...

To: wiz

Get a small bottle of Lock-tite and put some on the nut to keep it from working loose.

RW

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